Monday, March 19, 2018

Book Review: 'Chapter And Verse' by Willa Okati

Lane lives in the middle of the wilderness in Alaska – with nary another person around – and he likes it exactly this way. But even he can’t avoid the odd spot of shopping he has to do a few times a year. Waiting for the train, he’s astonished when another Omega stumbles out of the snow, wary and clearly running from something. Lane’s curiosity gets the better of him and despite his self-imposed exile, he helps the young man.
Normally I don’t read books out of order in a series, but I was pleased to find I could pick this one up and follow along fairly easily. I really enjoyed both Lane and Carey’s characters. I was very surprised with the male-pregnancy aspect of the story and the alluded to rape. While the act wasn’t given specific detail, Carey did explain to Lane how it was he came to be pregnant – and I feel these two things might turn off some readers.
I found the world fairly easy to follow along with and I was really pleased that there wasn’t a whole bunch of “Omega world specific” stuff that left me mystified. As a new reader to the series I was impressed and grateful that the author explained the various world/setting-differences as they came up in the story – so there was no info dumping which I’m not a fan of. I also really enjoyed how well the plot and sex were intertwined in the story. At no stage did I feel like one or the other were overshadowing the other, nor did it feel like a trade off – sex then plot then sex etc – they were very well meshed and so the story felt really well balanced and I found myself sinking into the short story and thoroughly enjoying it all.
With interesting characters, a really solid plot and some astonishingly hot sex, I found this to be a very well-rounded book that ticked a whole bunch of good boxes for me. While I can appreciate this certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I found it hotly written and the world and plot were excellently handled by the author. I will definitely be looking up more stories in this series.

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